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Neoliberal Chicago$
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Larry Bennett, Roberta Garner, and Euan Hague

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780252040597

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252040597.001.0001

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Urban Sustainability and the “Greening” of Neoliberal Chicago

Urban Sustainability and the “Greening” of Neoliberal Chicago

(p.99) Chapter 4 Urban Sustainability and the “Greening” of Neoliberal Chicago
Neoliberal Chicago

Michael J. Lorr

University of Illinois Press

Chapter abstract: This chapter addresses how the city government, related offices, non-profit organizations, and activists have attempted to shift Chicago’s urban development towards environmental sustainability. The chapter first, discusses what Chicago has accomplished, second, defines sustainability, third, outlines Chicago’s deficiencies in achieving its sustainability goals, and finally, presents alternative visions of sustainability rooted in resistance and activism. This chapter asks to what extent sustainable development in Chicago is influenced by its business-as-usual neoliberal context and to what extent it is influenced by alternative activist ideas of environmental justice.

Keywords:   neoliberalism, Chicago, environmental sustainability sustainable development, environmental justice

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